Govt’s festive season Covid-19 plan

By Sihle Mlambo 6m in the past

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Johannesburg – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night time despatched a stern warning to South Africans to behave, or he can be compelled to make swift modifications ought to the nation’s coronavirus state of affairs worsen.

Ramaphosa stated all members of the National Coronavirus Command Council can be on standby all through the festive season – and they’d be known as upon and anticipated to be able to get to work ought to he come calling.

The president additionally expressed concern on the rising Covid-19 instances within the nation, with optimistic infections since March hitting 866 127 as of Monday night time.

Ramaphosa urged South Africans to proceed carrying masks, washing their palms and practising social distancing to curb the unfold of the virus.

He stated there was little doubt the nation had entered a second wave. The common variety of day by day deaths had prior to now week climbed to greater than 150 from 100 and the day by day instances common had jumped to six 600 per day from 3 800.

Here are some highlights from Ramaphosa’s announcement:


All Eastern Cape and Garden Route seashores might be closed through the festive season.

In KZN, all seashores might be closed on December 16, 25, 26, 31 and January 1, 2 and three.

All festivals, dwell music, dwell performances and occasions are prohibited on the seaside.

In the Western Cape (apart from the Garden Route) and the Northern Cape, seashores and public parks are to stay open.


Ramaphosa stated the curfew would now be from 11pm to 4am. Bars and eating places and different non-essential providers can be anticipated to close down at 10pm to permit workers to journey and arrive dwelling earlier than 11pm.


Ramaphosa stated gatherings and occasions have been a big supply of the brand new infections which have been being seen in South Africa. He stated venues have been typically overcrowded, poorly ventilated and security protocols corresponding to using hand sanitiser, social distancing and masks carrying have been poorly adhered to.

Alcohol stores might function between 10am to 6pm, Monday to Thursday.

Wine farms are allowed to promote alcohol for off-site consumption at weekends.

Bars and eating places to shut at 10pm.


Ramaphosa additionally introduced that ‘after tears’ – post-funeral events – have been prohibited.


No restrictions have been imposed on interprovincial or worldwide journey, however the president has urged drivers to make sure all passengers put on masks always. He additionally known as on folks to restrict pointless journey.


Ramaphosa declared two new hotspots, the Sarah Bartman District Municipality and the Garden Route within the Western Cape. This follows the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro being declared the primary Covid-19 hotspot a fortnight in the past.


Ramaphosa has appealed to all South Africans to take the coronavirus severely and has sounded a warning to all.

“This is a trying situation for all of us. I have directed all National Coronavirus Command Council members to be on standby for monitoring throughout the festive season; they are on light leave, they may need to have consultation and meetings.

“If they are needed, they will be able to meet with immediate effect should the situation deteriorate and further action will be taken,” he stated.



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